Jeffrey S. Sauerbry was indicted Friday by a Jackson County Grand Jury on felony murder charges related to a 1998 murder of a security officer.


 

Jeffrey S. Sauerbry, an Independence man long ago considered a person of interest in the Summer Shipp disappearance case, was indicted Friday by a Jackson County Grand Jury on felony murder charges related to a 1998 murder of a security officer.

The indictment was announced Monday.

Sauerbry, 37, was charged with felony murder for allegedly stabbing William Kellett July 4, 1998. He is being held in Jackson County Detention Center on $500,000 cash-only bond.

Shipp disappeared in Dec. 2004 after conducting door-to-door surveys in Independence. Fishermen found Shipp’s remains in Oct. 2007 in the Little Blue River near Missouri Highways 78 and 7. Sauerbry, who lived in the area in which Shipp was last seen, was considered a person of interest in that case, but has never been charged.